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Friday, August 1, 2008

Photo essay contest for young girls

It Chick Clothes is giving away a Wii Fit game to the lucky winner of its photo essay contest. To enter the contest tweens, ages 7 to 14 who live in the United States, can submit an original photo showing what they think it means to be a Tween Girl in America right now. The photo should be accompanied by 250 words or less of description or clarification.

It Chick Clothes carries plus-sized children's fashions that flatter a variety of figures for girls ages 7 to 12 and in waist sizes up to 47 inches and hip sizes up to 50 inches. They're committed to making shopping easy for hard-to-fit girls with clothes that make tween girls feel good about themselves.
"We believe that girls in America cannot be labeled or pigeonholed. They're
not just athletes, just pretty, just smart, or just students. They are a
tapestry, and we believe that these girls are the best people to tell us who
they are." - Catherine Beebe, owner

The contest is open from today, August 1st, to September 30. For more details about how to enter the contest check out It Chick Clothes.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Networking on the Net

Normally I am not a big community type gal, but blogging has blessed me with so many new friends, associates and connections that belonging to the communities has turned into another fun thing to do on the Internet. One of those that I actually like is Posh Mama. [And, no I am not just saying that! :)]

Posh Mama Online Magazine and Social Network is a positive and upbeat community made up of women from around the world. You will feel immediately welcomed as it is the sweetest spot on the 'net. Come hang out, network and make some great friends at www.poshmama.com.

I can't wait to see you there.

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Savings at Staples

My teenager got quite a few school supplies from Staples today and while I was there I saw two good deals that I couldn't pass up. They had an OmniTech battery-operated pencil sharpener that's normally 14.99, I think, on sale for $10 and they offered the $10 rebate with it. I also got the Pentel EnerGel 4-pack of pens that are normally about 5.99 for $2.99 and they offered the $2.99 rebate.



I've already been to their website and requested my rebates, which will arrive in 4-6 weeks. I also bought a regular pencil sharpener for $1.49 and a canvas bag for $1.39. Pretty good purchase, huh? It's always great to get something for free. ;-)

Have you gotten any good deals lately?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

"Nope, I wasn't standing on the table!"

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What's the secret?

Sometime last school year my teenage daughter and I went to an information session about Eula Wilborn Ponds Perry Center for Learning. She expressed an interest in attending and I supported her decision.

Some of you remember that my daughter was very sick last school year. She'd been hospitalized and spent the majority of the first semester being tutored and working with a teacher in our home. When she attended the orientation she felt the school was a good option for her at the time. She has since changed her mind and I support that.

But, apparently, that isn't allowed. This public school, which is voluntary, is refusing to let me withdraw her. They've withdrew her from her home school and I've spent more than a week trying to get her out.



Maybe I missed the memo. Is their a secret password or something? According to them we signed a "commitment letter" during the orientation (what I call the information session). My position is that regardless of what I signed this is an alternative education choice that I can choose for my children and I want to see a copy of, what I've sarcastically called, this "binding agreement that I can not withdraw my child."

If I were moving out of state I would have to withdraw my child. If there were extenuating circumstances and I choose to homeschool her I would have to withdraw my child, and I don't need to give anyone a reason as to why I want to do that. All I am required to do is ensure she receives an approved education, which can be private school, homeschool or public school.

I can put her in public school and decide to bring her home to homeschool. Or vice versa! And I don't need permission to do that.

SIGH... deep breath!

I have nothing negative to say about their program because I only know what I've read and it sounds pretty good. Their mission of the Open Campus, according to their website, is "to provide educational opportunities for students who need services outside the scope of the regular comprehensive high school."

The school, also according to the website, is an "optional educational opportunity for the students desiring to complete their high school requirements in a non-traditional setting."

Optional, huh?


Then why do I have an appointment, requested by them, with the principal this Friday? I say it's to waste his time and mine.

I've already heard from the main counselor that they've hired teachers and made arrangements for my daughter's transportation. None of that matters to me because if I decide to move or there's something else -- like I've already mentioned -- then those things would still exist. That has nothing to do with me.

Even given what sounds like a good program it is not an environment I would want my daughter in because I think the administration there are bullies who have an alternative agenda. Could this sudden grip on preventing students from withdrawing have anything to do with the county's threat of losing their accreditation?

Whatever is going on, I have had it up to my eyeballs in this place wasting my time. Have you experienced anything like this? I'm off to do more research on our rights... if you have any tips/knowledge, please feel free to let me know.
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Break a sweat

If you're like me then you prefer to have cute and functional workout gear to get you in your exercise groove. Well, I have just the product for you from Gracie's Gear!

It's an innovative sports bra that offers comfort and convenience rolled into one. Gracie's Gear sports bra has a storage pouch that allows you to carry items (like your iPod or MP3 player) above the waist (easily accessible) so your stride isn't interrupted by dangling cords or something bouncing against your leg.

Not only is the pouch convenient, but the bra itself is extremely comfortable. It is equipped with Moisture Release Transfer(TM) technology that keeps the moisture from your skin and Ultra Illuscent(TM) Max, which is anti-odor technology. I tested the bra and was amazed that I felt dry throughout my workout.

So, being the skeptic that I am, I tried it again and this time I worked out longer and harder. I was still dry. Okay, so I must admit I wasn't convinced: I worked out again without the bra (I mean with a different bra! LOL!) and at the same intensity I worked out the second time I tried Gracie's Gear. I hate to tell you this because it may be TMI, but I was soaking wet and I didn't smell quite as fresh.

Gracie's Gear has a new customer in me. I'm sold! Not only is the bra comfortable and convenient, but it delivers on the workout technology front.

A little about Gracie’s Gear, Inc.:
They are the creator and producer of the innovative POWER POUCH™ sports bra and provide products and services that encourage all women to become and stay active.

To see the variety of styles and colors of the sports bra or to learn about the other products, check out GraciesGearAndTraining.com.

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BFF Award

My BFF blogging buddy Tina gave me this BFF gold card. I love it because it came from her and this is the second time I've gotten it. Actually, the first time the rules were a little different. This time around here's the rules:

1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award
2. 4 of them followers of your blog.
3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to who ever gave you the award.

I am going to be like Tina and break the rules a little. The first five
people who read this post receive this award. That's right folks! You'll receive
your very own BFF gold card. ;-)

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Icky spider

About two summers ago we saw this spider in our backyard. At the time, my husband captured one, killed others (yes, there was more than one) and kept the area sprayed to prevent them from returning. I did a little research and found out that they aren't poisonous even though they look really menacing.

Today, when I went outside to throw some garbage in the trash bin I saw another one. Not quite as big as what I've seen, but big enough. I got some bug spray and gave him a run for his money. I sprayed a little extra since the only spray I had was for flying insects. I had to take out a wasp at the same time who was roaming around the vicinity. I didn't want to get stung while attacking the spider.

Those spiders kind of bug me (uh, sorry bad pun) so I looked it up again today. One thing that I read seemed a little suspicious. It said, "This species is only recorded from Singapore."

Hmmm? Now does that mean whoever wrote that web page had only seen them and knew them to be in Singapore. If that's the case then this thing and all it's cousins are a very long way from home. So I searched again using its correct name: Mangrove St. Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope manga).

I found out from Wikipedia that they are well distributed throughout the world and they prefer warmer climates. (Just great!) You should take a peek at what it says... quite interesting with wonderfully graphic and icky pictures.

In North America (where I am, of course), the Argiope aurantia (ah! that would explain "species in Singapore!) is commonly known as the "black and yellow garden spider" or "writing spider." And in England they're known as Argiope bruennichi (found only on the southern coast and in other parts of Europe including Germany) and called the wasp spider. If you're curious about it in your area then I guess you're going to just have to read the Wiki page.

Although they may bite when grabbed they pose no threat to humans. That makes me feel a little better, but I am still going to annihilate them when I see them. They can get pretty big! Yuck!
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